About Susanne Gervay
Susanne Gervay is an iconic Australian author. Her younger fiction in the I Am Jack series are rites-of-passage books focusing on school bullying reaching adults and children. The first instalment has been adapted into a play by the award-winning Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People. I Am Jack is the first of four books including Super Jack, Always Jack and Being Jack. Her powerful realistic young adult literature includes Butterflies, The Cave and That’s Why I Wrote This Song which is a collaborative work with her teenage daughter Tory who wrote and sings the songs that are part of the book and downloadable from her website https://www.sgervay.com/
She is widely published in literary journals and anthologies. She is included in an anthology together with Sir Salman Rushdie, David Malouf, Thomas Keneally, entitled Fear Factor Terror Incognito, edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle.
Susanne is head of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia East and New Zealand, former chair of the board of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre, writer and ambassador of Room to Read, role model for Books in Homes, and patron of MonkeyBaa Theatre. She has been a speaker in many festivals and conferences including the SCBWI International Conference at the Bologna Book Fair, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Beijing Literature Festival, Somerset celebration of Literature Festival and festivals and conferences from Delhi to New York.
What’s The Boy With The Big Blue Glasses about?
A boy. A super hero. A brave pirate is leading his crew. Until he thinks he’s disappearing. His parents. His teacher can’t see him. He thinks no one can see him … it is the day he becomes different.
Glasses provide the gift of vision. Adults know glasses are good for kids. Kids know they make them different. So the miscommunication begins. The super hero becomes powerless, as the misconceptions between adult and child collides.
The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses goes inside the life of 4-7 year olds, with all the imagination and fantasy of play, heroic deeds and great threats until kids’ discover they are super heroes after all.
It is more that glasses, although I always wore glasses. My mother wore glasses. My grandchildren wear glasses.
It’s about how kids try to hold on their belief in themselves – super heroes. However they are vulnerable and even when adults care about them, their self esteem can be challenged by being seen as different. As the child of refugees I was always aware of the vulnerability of children and how hard it is to be heard.
Illustrated by the brilliant Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, she brings a rich emotional strength to the text and engages children and adults of the journey to be a hero.
The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses is published by EK Books
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